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Offline Jeff

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Aurora Borealis
« on: September 10, 2011, 06:00:01 pm »
I subscribe to a mail list from the University of Alaska that sends me alerts for when conditions are favorable to see the Northern Lights. Below is the one I got last night.  I'll be checking outside frequently.  :)

The effects of the solar events of the last days have reached Earth and a
large magnetic storm is in progress.  The aurora associated with this storm
is already covering Scandinavia.  It should be visible in Central Europe
during the night. 

Because of the activity following the initial shock, we expect this storm to
continue; if it does at the present level, it will be visible across the
northern half of the continental US, Southern New Zealand, Tasmania, and
even the southern coast of Victoria, Australia.

Go to http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/ and choose a map for your
region, then monitor the short-term forecast panel for the extent of the
latest nighttime activity in your region.

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Re: Aurora Borealis
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2011, 06:01:29 am »
Missed it here last night, woulda been just after midnight on the horizon. It's 39 degrees this morning, nippy. I bet there is frost up on the woodlot. ;D

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Re: Aurora Borealis
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2011, 08:12:25 am »
The Northern Lights are awsome!

The best I've seen was in September 1988 when I was on a moose hunt in Alaska, on the Koyokuk River, just inside the Arctic Circle.

We could actually hear the static and it would actually stand our hair "on end"!

The lights were right at ground level, so we were "in" the Northern Lights.

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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2011, 03:27:22 pm »
Ive seen them a number of times , but the best was when I was hunting in the Mackenze Mountains in the Northwest Teerritory I will never forget the beauty.












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Re: Aurora Borealis
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2011, 04:31:37 pm »
Looks like 10:15 tonight in my area there might be a short glimse. And we have a clear sky. Boy it sure warmed up to, in the low 70's.

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Re: Aurora Borealis
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2011, 05:19:04 pm »
Northern Lights?? I though they were southern lights.  You know you live far north when you have to look south to see them.  That is one of the greatest things about this time of year, every night I look staight up and there they are. 
When you whistle a tune they will dance for you.   When it is mid winter and -40c/f is the best time to see them. They will fill the entire valley here. I hope to try out our new camera and get some pictures of them. I never could figure out how to take them with our old camera, but this new one is supposed to automaticaly adjust for taking pictures of them.
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Re: Aurora Borealis
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2011, 06:36:15 pm »
  When I was stationed at Fort Greely AK I was walking home one night in December and it was -50 and you could hear the crackle of the lights.  I woke my 4 year old daughter and wraped her up in my parka and took her out side so she could see and hear the lights.  Her eyes got real big and she said "Dad look at the night time rainbows!"
  We can not see them in Arkansas.
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2011, 06:45:27 pm »

 You can't see them from Maryland either but I was lucky enough to see it in Fairbainks Alaska back around 2002.

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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2011, 06:59:06 pm »
I don't see them often here, but that's because I'm not out at night looking for them. When I was a kid and it was winter time we were out doors at night time as much as we could. Even if just for star gazing. Winter has the best view of the night sky in my opinion. And no big cities around here to obscure it with city lights. You know even a town glows with the night lights. ;)

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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2011, 07:12:08 pm »
I know it sounds crazy, but as a kid I remember seeing them standing in my back yard in Manassas, VA back in the late 50's or very early 60's.

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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2011, 11:05:47 am »
My dad took us outside a few times to look at them when I was a kid (in Nebraska), haven't seen them for a long time though.

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Re: Aurora Borealis
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2011, 09:30:48 am »
You can see them from central Illinois every few years, although I never have. Way too much light pollution here.
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Re: Aurora Borealis
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2011, 12:32:09 pm »
yep.  Miking is right...  you can see them in central Illinois.   I took this picture about 20 years ago from my front steps about 10 miles west of Peoria.
It was november around 7 PM.. I hurriedly setup my tri-pod and stood in the snow in my barefeet.  It was about a 10 or 15 minute exposure.
The scene went on all night long.  I lay in bed in the dark looking out the window until about 2 AM when I finally fell asleep



What is also cool is to see a photo of the aurora from high up in space where the entire earth can be seen.  The Aurora Australis is the mirror image of the Aurora Borealis

I also remember seeing the Aurora Borealis one time as a kid in northern Indiana. 

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« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2011, 12:29:09 am »
We saw them in southern B.C. when I was a kid but nowhere as spectacular as in Peace River Alberta on a very cold night. The colors and the dancing were unbelievable.
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Re: Aurora Borealis
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2015, 06:29:28 pm »
The aurora may be very visible tonight. They are even saying that it might be visible as far south as Baltimore.  So, northern guys, take advantage of your latitude!  We are apparently in the midst of a very strong solar storm.
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« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2015, 06:30:58 pm »
And a snow storm to.  ;D :D

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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2015, 06:32:04 pm »
It is very clear here so it should be a good viewing night if they kick up. I hope this flu lets up enough for me to go out a bit.
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« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2015, 06:38:47 pm »
Jeff and SwampDonkey-

How many times a year are they visible at your locations?
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2015, 06:41:22 pm »
I've seen them less than a dozen times in my life.
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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2015, 06:47:50 pm »
I don't know why, but that surprises me.  Do you think it's because they often appear after midnight and you are asleep, or do you think that their appearance is really that rare.  My reading tells me that, despite forecasting attempts, their appearance can be fleeting and pretty fickle.  I'll bet the UP, with its total lack of light pollution, would be a spectacular place to see them.
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